State of the Art: Your Weekly Guide to NYC's Latino Art

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State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.


LA2: A Young Collectors Exhibition

Graffiti enthusiasts listen up because here is a badass opportunity. On Thursday, December 19, from 6-8pm, Angel Ortiz better known as LA2 or LAROC will be attending his opening at Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea. He will also tag any object you’d like to bring to the show. During the times of Mudd Club and Warhol’s factory parties, LA2 was collaborating with art world kings Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Andy Warhol himself. You can tell he had a strong artistic relationship with Keith Haring because their styles definitely overlap. Yet, his work also evokes a Middle Eastern calligraphic element. The show is also a benefit of sorts: any proceeds from sold artwork will go toward summer camps for physically challenged children. Win Win!

Leila Heller Gallery
568 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10001

Hechizoo: Voyages/Explorations

This textile exhibition at Cristina Grajales Gallery pays tribute to the fantastic designs found naturally in the Amazonian terrain. Colombia-based artist and self-taught weaver Jorge Lizarazo is the founder of the Hechizoo workshop, the atelier from which all the work was produced. This “textile art” is not only 2D tapestries and rugs, some works have architectural elements as well. One piece is a stacked coil reminiscent of giant plants in a coral reef. Other geometric motifs found in nature are also seen in the well-rendered designs. Hechizoo hopes to pay homage to an organic land and the indigenous groups who live in the Amazon rainforest. The show ends January 31st.

Cristina Grajales Gallery
10 Greene Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013

‘Latin Roots’ and ‘Spirit of Community’

The Northern Manhattan Artists’ Alliance, the Harlem Arts Alliance, Interchurch Center, Community Works and Community Matters are presenting an exhibit that celebrates the spirit of community and the Washington Heights/Inwood neighborhood’s Latin roots. The eights artists showing are Andrea Arroyo, Felipe Galindo, Chris Garcia, Kathleen Granados, Rosa Naparstek, Rene de los Santos, Diana Schmertz and Lisa Turngren. Four local activists Sandra A. Garcia-Betancourt , Edilio Paredes, Moises Perez and Rosa Romero will also be honored in the pieces. The show is up until January 24th.

The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115